5 ways Belgium changed me permanently

Hotel de Ville, Brussels Grand Place

Talking to my close girlfriends about dating I realized that I have put Edmonton men at a slight disadvantage because I lived in Belgium for over two years. Europe changed me and I’d like to think for the better, but it can make me feel like a bit of a snob. 5 ways Belgium has changed me:  1. Craft beer snob Living in Belgium, the land of brewers, I developed…

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Cavern – A wine and cheese experience in Edmonton

Cavern, an import retail cheese vendor and cafe/bar that has a choice wine list, spirits and heartwarming caffeinated beverages. It’s always a bonus when you hear about a new place from a friend and Cavern lived up to it’s reputation. The Concept Cavern is a specialty retail cheese shop that also has the option of sit-in dining. It serves a variety of pastries and coffee for breakfast, select sandwiches at…

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Martisor – March 1st a Romanian celebration

March 1st is a Romanian holiday that is referred to as Mărțișor (pronounced kind of like “mart-see-shore”). From what I’ve seen through celebrating with Romanians, Mărțișor marks the beginning of spring and is also associated with women and fertility as a means of life and continuity. The tradition is also seen in Moldova and variations of Mărțișor exist in other countries. Women usually get one or more Mărțișor. I’ve seen women recieve one…

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How to fit in with Edmontonians: Be interested in these 5 things

Moving back to Edmonton, Canada, I’ve been readjusting to Edmonton culture. Yes even this northern city has culture. I’ve heard so many people say, and I was a firm believer pre-Europe, that Canada doesn’t have culture, but it does and this is why I’ve started blogging about culture-focused topics on Thursdays. So living in Edmonton and meeting new people between the ages of 22 and 30, I’ve come to notice…

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European Cafe vs. Canadian Coffee

I am no expert on coffee, although I love it and drink quite a lot of it. Coming from Canada to Belgium, I knew that the coffee would be stronger, but I didn’t know just how much stronger. My intention of the following “analysis” is based on personal experience. I do not mean to offend anyone or generalize, but just to point out something I’ve noticed and found interesting while living as…

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